We were wrong. We actually have ONE MORE departed Washington Capitals player left to grade in our end of season player report cards. Sorry Lars Eller. It’s been a weird year for all of us including you.
Eller got traded mid season to the Colorado Avalanche and while he had a down year during his time with the Caps let’s not forget and appreciate what he did in the 2018 Cup run.
Eller played in 60 games with the Caps and finished with seven goals and nine assists for 16 points. With his new team he had three goals and four assists for seven points in the rest of the regular season. Right now the Avalanche are looking to defend their Stanley Cup and lead in the first round 2-1 over the Seattle Kraken including a Game 3 win last night 6-4.
"“It’s very mixed emotions. Like, been there for almost seven years and been on some playoff runs every single year and won together with a bunch of those guys. So leaving so many good memories and ups and downs behind with a bunch of guys, it’s weird and emotional. But at the same time also excited to be here and do something special… it’s just odd, it’s all I can say, but I’m glad to be where I am.”"
Eller’s advanced stats with the Caps this season was OK. He had a Corsi For percentage of 51.95 percent. He also had a 51.58 percent Expected Goals For percentage and a 54.81 percent High Danger Chances For percentage, via Natural Stat Trick.
Grade C+: Eller gets a C+ for good advanced stats and average regular stats. We knew he’d get traded at some point and we thank him for all he did while he was here.